- Parent visas are capped under the Migration Program each year.
- For the 2023-24 migration program, there are 8,500 places for parent visas.
- Experts say Australia’s immigration policies pertaining to parent visas may act as a disincentive for skilled migrants considering relocation to the country.
She told SBS Hindi that the processing time for the visa, which has ballooned to six years, is “outrageous”.
My parents have frequently expressed their desire for me and my brother to have chosen Canada instead, where obtaining parental residency is significantly simpler and faster.
“Moving to Canada is not possible now as we will have to start our life all over again so we are left with no option but to wait for our turn,” she added.
Jasdeep Bhatti (second from left) and her brother (seated) want to sponsor visas for their parents residing in India. Credit: Jasdeep Bhatti
She emphasised the “immense stress” of managing the demands of both work and personal life while caring for young children.
The government should realise that our parents, who could take care of our kids, were invaluable assets to families like mine.
Echoing similar sentiments, Nitin Parwal, an engineer based in Adelaide, conveyed his frustration regarding the lengthy wait after submitting the visa application for his parents over five years ago.
I have been recommending to my professional friends that if they hold the primary responsibility for their parents, then to contemplate Canada as a migration option.
Mr Parwal, who relocated from the US to Australia nearly two decades ago, explained that he originally opted for Australia over Canada because he held the belief that Australia would offer a more desirable living environment.
Nitin Parwal with his family Credit: Mr Nitin Parwal
Now, he rues not learning about the visa situation for parents in advance.
According to Mr Parwal, clearing the backlog can help bring families together and foster unity among citizens.
Parents visa application options
For the 2023-24 migration program, there are 8,500 places for parent visas. Credit: ericsphotography/Getty Images
For the 2023-24 migration program, there are 8,500 places for parent visas.
“In the October 2022 Budget, the Government announced an increase in the migration planning level for Parent visas from 4,500 places in 2021-22 to 8,500 in 2022-23,” the DHA said, added that places were kept at the same level for the current migration planning.
Parent visas are capped under the Migration Program each year. The demand for these visas is strong and has consistently exceeded the available places, resulting in an upward trend in processing timeframes in recent years.
Department of Home Affairs
How long is the parent visa queue?
As of May 2023, there were 137,623 Parent visa applications on-hand.
A Green Card lying on an open passport. Credit: Epoxydude/Getty Images/fStop
The number of parent visas lodged during July 2021-May 2022 stood at 16,252, which rose to 23,027 for July 2022-May 2023.
During May 2022-May 2023, a total of 3,838 parent visa applications were lodged by Indian nationals and 770 visas were granted to Indian nationals during the same period.
What is the current processing time for parent visas?
The website now indicates that the new applicants should expect at least 12 years for Contributory Parent visas and at least 29 years for Parent and Aged Parent visas.
Indian migrants remain concerned about permanent residency for their parents as the visa waiting period continues to increase, according to migration expert Pankaj Dumra.
It is important to note that parents visas are granted based on a medical examination and that medical conditions can change for any parent between the time of application and visa grant, which is between 12 and 30 years. It’s time for Australia to allocate more seats to this category.
Pankaj Dumra, migration expert
According to Mr Dumra, stricter and harder immigration policies for parent visas may serve as a deterrent for skilled migrants considering relocation to Australia.